|February 10, 1993
|Lebanese-American Social Media Personality,
Sports Commentator, Webcam Model,
Former Pornographic Actress
You might know Mia Khalifa from the adult movie industry. But that career is behind her. Now, the adult TV star is a media personality. At one point, she was PornHub’s highest-ranked adult star. That career kept her busy. Nowadays, Mia is a social media personality with more than 20 million followers on Instagram and 3 million followers on Twitter.
This might come as a surprise, but she is not as rich as you might think. Or if you think she made millions out of the pornographic industry, you are wrong. Mia Khalifa’s cash flow is just $2 million. And she earned most of her money as a social media personality.
Between her antics with NFL players, downing a pint of beer in 10 seconds, and similar actions, Mia attracts social media attention.
During her time at college, Mia worked as a bartender. She also did some modeling work. After graduating she moved to Miami and accepted to work in the nude modeling business.
She started her career in the pornographic film industry in October 2014. And this might come as a surprise, but it started as a real porn video. She got approached while walking the streets of Miami. They asked her if she considered appearing in pornographic movies.
Her big break was in the BangBros scene “Mia Khalifa is Cumming for Dinner”. In the scene, she wears a hijab during a threesome. The scene helped her gain popularity but also brought criticism from religious figures. The producer said they did not want to exploit her ethnicity. Instead, they wanted to embrace it. They did not expect the negativity surrounding the scene.
But what happened was the Streisand effect. Everyone started searching for her. The effort to censor her backfired. In just days, she reached 1.5 million views, and the 22-year old got the title “most searched for performed on PornHub”. And in December the same year, PornHub said she was the highest-ranked performer. After the No.1 ranking, Khalifa received online death threats.
In one interview with Washington Post, Mia tried to tone down the scene. She said, “the scene was satirical and should be taken as such”. Khalifa continued saying Hollywood movies depict Muslims in a far more negative light.
Data from PornHub showed that from January 3 to 6, 2015, searched for Khalia increased by five times. Most of them came from Lebanon, and nearby countries Syria and Jordan.
In January 2015, Mia signed a long-term contract with Bang Bros. According to the contract, she would appear in several movies each month. Two weeks later, she had a change of heart and resigned. Because of the negative attention, she left the industry. Khalifa said “It was an eye-opener. I don’t want any of this, whether it is positive or negative”.
In July 2016 interview with Washington Post, the former star said she performed for only three months. She wanted a change to a more normal job. In the interview, Mia said, “I guess it was my rebellious phase”.
In 2018, three years after leaving the industry, she was still the second-highest ranked person on PornHub.
After leaving the porn industry, Mia worked in Miami as a paralegal and bookkeeper. And then she transitioned to a career as a social media personality and webcam model. Mia has a YouTube channel and also streams on Twitch. Khalifa sells exclusive content and merchandise through Patreon and even some explicit photoshoots.
In October 2017, the former pornstar announced she will co-host a daily sports talk show, Out of Bounds. She quit two months later. In July 2018, she got to co-host the SportsBall alongside Tyler Coe.
In November 2016, an online petition surfaced. It asked Donald Trump to appoint her the next United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
In 2018, iLoveFriday, a musical duo, released a diss track called Mia Khalifa. It was a response to a fake tweet by a user impersonating Khalifa. The song quickly got the status of internet-meme after the hit or miss snippet got popular on TikTok. This meme is the most popular in the Western world, with more than 4 million appearances in TikTok videos.
After the Bang Bros scene wearing a hijab, Khalifa received death threats. Many of them came from ISIS. The got targeted by an online group threatening to behead her. They did send her a photoshop image of her “being beheaded”. They threatened that would happen to her.
Born as Mia Callista, she is a Lebanese-American social media personality. Most people know her by the alter ego, Mia Khalifa. She lived in Beirut for her first seven years before moving to the United States. Many people think she earned millions in the porn industry. But that is not true.
Mia Khalifa fortune is close to $2 million. In total, she appeared in 21 adult movies. In one interview she disclosed the amount of money earned from porn. “I made a TOTAL of $12,000 in the industry and never saw a penny again after that”, she said in a comment.
She also clarified that at no point she got promised to earn millions. Mia didn’t expect that. Khalifa wanted to clarify a common misconception about the industry and earnings.
Nowadays, Mia earns a lot of money through her social media accounts. She has more than 20 million followers on Instagram. There, she earns money through sponsored brand posts.
Mia got raised as a Christian. She got married to her high school boyfriend in February 2011. They got separated in 2014 and got a divorce in 2016.
She now lives in Texas. Mia is a fan of Florida State Seminoles football. Mia has a tattoo of the opening line of the Lebanese National Anthem and the Lebanese Forces Cross. She got the second tattoo after the bombing in Lebanon in 2012.
Her parents do not speak to her anymore after her career choice. In a statement, they disassociated themselves from her actions.
Khalifa is a sports fan. She supports the English Premier League club West Ham United.